MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country head coach Jenny Ryan announced the team's 2018 schedule Tuesday afternoon, which will feature five regular season meets prior to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, and NCAA Division II Championships.
The Wildcats will participate in a scrimmage at Michigan Technological University August 30 before beginning the regular season on September 8 at the Ferris State University Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational.
NMU will compete at a pair of meets hosted by NCAA Division I institutions. The Spartan Invite hosted by Michigan State University will take place September 14 in East Lansing, Michigan, while the Roy Griak Invitational will take place September 29 in St. Pal, Minnesota with the University of Minnesota acting as hosts.
On October 19, the Wildcats will compete in their lone home meet of the season when they host the U.P. Championships at the Marquette Golf Course.
Postseason competition will begin with the GLIAC Championships hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan on November 3. The NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships are set for November 17 in Hillsdale, Michigan, while the NCAA Division II Championships will take place on December 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The complete schedule can be viewed HERE and more information will be added as it becomes available. All information is subject to change.
In 2017, NMU advanced to the national meet for the third consecutive year with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships. At the NCAA Division II Championships, the Wildcats placed 13th with senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) earning her second-consecutive All-America award. At the GLIAC Championships, all five scorers were named all-conference with Burmeister and sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) earning first-team honors. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota), junior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah), and junior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) were each named to the All-GLIAC Second-Team.